We updated the links to information from outside sources on our divorce page for Utah.
WomensLaw added brief info about Oregon's new Sexual Assault Protective Orders, which became effective on 1/1/14. We also added the newly-created statutes to our OR Statutes page. Please check back in the Summer of 2014 when we hope to have a whole new section on the website devoted to SAPOs.
We updated the links to information from outside sources on our divorce pages for WI, NV, and WV as well as updating all of the contact information for legal services offices on our WV Finding a Lawyer page.
Based on a change to Connecticut law that clearly lays out the circumstances under which someone can ask for an emergency ex parte custody order, we added a question to our CT Custody page called Can I get an emergency ex parte custody order?
As of January 1, 2014, California law added victims of human trafficking to the group of protected people who canterminate their lease without penalty, recognized a new form of acceptable documentation of the abuser, and added a new obligation of the landlord to keep the victim's status confidential. We updated our CA Housing Laws section in English and Spanish to reflect these changes and we added a new question called If I reveal that I am a victim to my landlord, can s/he tell other people?
We added information to our Arkansas Domestic Violence Orders of Protection page and our AR Suing Your Abuser page about a law that was passed in August 2013, which allows a victim of stalking to sue the stalker for money damages, reasonable attorney's fees, and court costs regardless of whether or not s/he was arrested for stalking.
Thanks to those organizations who contacted us this month with corrections/additions. We now added a new resource to our Washington, DC Legal Resources page called the Amara Legal Center, which helps those whose rights have been violated through the commercial sex industry. We also corrected contact information for various other local programs in AL, TN, and AZ. Please keep letting us know about any updated information!
We are often asked on the Email Hotline about laws that relate to a person posting sexual images online of another person without his/her consent. On 12/5/13, there was an Appellate Division decision in NY state that confirmed a defendant's conviction for secretly videotaping sexual acts with another person and threatening to post them online - you can read the decision here. At WomensLaw.org, we added new criminal laws to our NY Statutes page regarding unlawful surveillance and dissemination of the images. You can read those criminal laws on our NY Statutes page here (unlawful surveillance) and here (dissemination).
Thanks to an email from a non-profit called Sex Workers Anonymous, we learned that many of the organizations listed on our National Organizations/Trafficking/Prostitution/Sexual Exploitation page had changed their contact info or had closed. Therefore, we updated every resource on that page. Check out what resources are available nationally for victims of the sex trade.
New laws were passed in Arkansas in 2013, which are featured on WomensLaw.org. Check out the new question entitled If my child was conceived from rape, can the rapist get custody or visitation? Also, the law now makes clear that a victim of stalking can sue the stalker in civil court for damages regardless of whether or not there is a criminal conviction against the stalker. You can read the law on our AR Statutes page. Arkansas law also expanded the definition of stalking - read the law here.
We re-translated the Colorado custody section into Spanish after making substantial additions and changes to this section a little while ago in English.
We translated some recent improvements on our General Parental Kidnapping page into Spanish.
We added new information about housing protections in Connecticut for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. See our CT Housing Laws section for more information.
We are thrilled to announce that we have created new Crimes pages for all states and territories. You can now go to your state's Crimes page to read the definitions of a selection of crimes in your state that the abuser may have committed and you can find links to victim compensation programs in each state.
We updated and improved our Oregon State Gun Laws page, adding more information about when a concealed handgun permit can be revoked after receiving an inquiry about this on our Email Hotline. Keep the inquiries coming!
We revised the first part of our Military section, updating links and information in English and Spanish - see here: General Military Information. The update was inspired by someone who wrote to our Email Hotline asking about the rights of a homosexual Service member, which made us realize that we hadn't yet updated our information about the rights of same-sex victims in the military after the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." Check back next month to see the updates to the second Military section, Military Protective Orders.
We finally finished translating into Spanish the FL Injunctions for Protection Against Stalking/Cyberstalking page that we created in April 2013!
We are expanding the Crimes pages in every state to allow you to click on the legal definition of various crimes in each state. So far, we have amended Alabama through Indiana, and we added a brand new Spanish Crimes page in Arkansas. Check back soon for more updates!
We edited, updated and "spruced up" our Safety Tips for Stalking Victims page in English and Spanish. If you are being stalked, you can find tips for ways to stay safe at home, at school, at work, etc.
We finally completed translating the Illinois Restraining Orders page that we re-wrote in English back in August 2012 into Spanish! Check it out here: Órdenes de Protección.
Check out our newly edited Financial Abuse page, where we added new pieces of information throughout - both in English and Spanish.
We added a question to our NY Divorce page in English and Spanish about getting spousal support before, during, and after a divorce.
We translated our newly-revised NY Custody page into Spanish. Check it out here: Custodia.
NEWS UPDATEfor New York residents: In October 2012, NY state created the Order of Protection Notification System, which allows you to be notified by e-mail, text, iPhone/iPad app, telephone, fax or web query, when law enforcement serves your family court order of protection upon the abuser. For more information or to register, visit NY-Alert or the Sheriff's Institute. In November 2012, NY created an Address Confidentiality Program ("ACP"), which helps a victim who registers with the program to keep his/her address confidential when filing court petitions. All mail is sent to the ACP and the ACP will send it to your actual (confidential) address. To register, click here.
Changes to KS law in 2012 allow for a protection from abuse order or a protection from stalking order to be extended for anywhere from 2 years to the lifetime of the abuser if certain conditions are met. Read about it on our updated KS question entitled How do I change or extend my order?
We revised the information we have on custody in CO, which is known as allocation of parental responsibilities. You can read it here.
We revised all of the information on our Hawaii Restraining Orders pages, including our Orders for Protection due to Domestic Abuse (Family Court) section and our Injunctions Against Harassment (District Court) section.
We added a new section to our Illinois Orders of Protection page called The protections offered in each kind of order, which discusses the benefits of each type of order of protection, information on getting an order against a school-mate, and much more.
Check out our updated information about Alaska's victim compensation for victims of certain violent crimes. To read more, go to Victim Compensation.
We revamped our Alaska pages on stalking protective orders and sexual assault protective orders, combining them into one section to more closely reflect the statutes (laws). The new section is called Stalking and Sexual Assault Protection Orders.